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Commodore_Sailracer #1 Posted 23 September 2019 - 10:49 PM

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Is there a trick to getting the F2 and F4 commands to work?  I've been experimenting with them in training mode and can't figure them out.  F3 and F7 work fine, but anything that involves aiming at an aircraft or ground target isn't working for me.  I'm using a joystick if that makes a difference.  I have tried putting both the mouse cursor and gunsight over the target on the game and map (mouse only) then hitting F2 and nothing happens.

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F2 is for sectors (can't be in the sector, use F3), F4 is for planes (enemy,friendly,bomber flight). F4 also doesn't work well if there are too many planes near each other. Point at the target with the dot

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Commodore_Sailracer #3 Posted 24 September 2019 - 12:30 AM

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Should F2 work if you are in one sector and aiming at another?  Maybe that was my problem.  I assume you aim the dot at the lollipop that shows the percentage captured for the sector?

trikke #4 Posted 24 September 2019 - 01:28 AM

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we've never gotten clear instructions, we've had to just mess around until something worked, then try to remember that for the next time


the same process as my early dating experiences 


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View Posttrikke, on 23 September 2019 - 08:28 PM, said:

we've never gotten clear instructions, we've had to just mess around until something worked, then try to remember that for the next time


the same process as my early dating experiences 


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View Posttrikke, on 23 September 2019 - 07:28 PM, said:

we've never gotten clear instructions, we've had to just mess around until something worked, then try to remember that for the next time


the same process as my early dating experiences 

 

And as with women and this game, the same thing does not work every time.  So if it worked once, no guarantee it will work the next time.  

 

Basically, I am married to this game, so nothing works anymore unless I do all the laundry, the dishes and vacuum the floor.  Even then, no guarantees, just a better chance. 



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I bound the F ( or function ) keys to regular keys,

I can not be bothered with pressing the fn and then the number.

L(location) = attack / defend sector you stupid bot.

K (kill/keep) = Kill that dam player or keep player alive at any cost ( depending on if they are red or blue)

O( oh crap) = get this dog off my tail.

H ( help )= support me you MF bot or NO WD-40.



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In my experience, F4 works ... when I see a bomber I can not reach, I point to it and use F4 and with a bit of luck there's a heavy nearby that will go after it. They won't always kill it, but I've seen them chasing and killing them.
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Commodore_Sailracer #9 Posted 24 September 2019 - 12:33 PM

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View Postlosttwo, on 24 September 2019 - 03:40 AM, said:

I bound the F ( or function ) keys to regular keys,

I can not be bothered with pressing the fn and then the number.

L(location) = attack / defend sector you stupid bot.

K (kill/keep) = Kill that dam player or keep player alive at any cost ( depending on if they are red or blue)

O( oh crap) = get this dog off my tail.

H ( help )= support me you MF bot or NO WD-40.


:D  I like the memory technique!  I bound the F keys to joystick buttons, so hitting the keys isn't a problem, but I wonder if my computer has other tasks assigned to the F buttons that might be interfering?  I had that problem with the shift key.  It kept interrupting my game to ask me if I wanted to turn on "sticky keys"  I'll try changing to other keys.



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Don't order bot to attack an aircraft while using alternative interface...:D

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View Postebp_si, on 23 September 2019 - 04:49 PM, said:

Is there a trick to getting the F2 and F4 commands to work?  I've been experimenting with them in training mode and can't figure them out.  F3 and F7 work fine, but anything that involves aiming at an aircraft or ground target isn't working for me.  I'm using a joystick if that makes a difference.  I have tried putting both the mouse cursor and gunsight over the target on the game and map (mouse only) then hitting F2 and nothing happens.

 

I doubt it's other functions for your "F" keys.  The problem might be what you are pointing at.  

 

For example, for F2 to work, the nose of your plane should be pointing at the ground base icon up in the air.  That's the red thing in the center of this screen shot.  Right as I captured this screen shot, I also hit F2.  It is tricky if two bases are lined up -  the icons on screen might be on top of each other.  In those cases you either have to reorient your plane or wait until you get closer.  

 

 

Same thing for F4 and planes.  I find it helps to fire a shot at the plane even if it is well out of range to get the "focus" on that plane.  I think if you hit F4 while pointed at a friendly plane, it will tell others to escort that plane.  Not sure how well that works.

 

I use F2 a lot, mainly to let any other humans know where I am going.  


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View PostBobby_Tables, on 24 September 2019 - 12:08 PM, said:

 

I doubt it's other functions for your "F" keys.  The problem might be what you are pointing at.  

 

For example, for F2 to work, the nose of your plane should be pointing at the ground base icon up in the air.  That's the red thing in the center of this screen shot.  Right as I captured this screen shot, I also hit F2.  It is tricky if two bases are lined up -  the icons on screen might be on top of each other.  In those cases you either have to reorient your plane or wait until you get closer.  

 

 

 

Same thing for F4 and planes.  I find it helps to fire a shot at the plane even if it is well out of range to get the "focus" on that plane.  I think if you hit F4 while pointed at a friendly plane, it will tell others to escort that plane.  Not sure how well that works.

 

I use F2 a lot, mainly to let any other humans know where I am going.  

 

Thanks for the explanation.  That is exactly what I am doing which doesn't work for me.  I still plan to try mapping to other keys.  I got too distracted flying tonight to get it done.

 

 


Edited by ebp_si, 25 September 2019 - 01:04 AM.


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View PostBobby_Tables, on 24 September 2019 - 01:08 PM, said:

Same thing for F4 and planes.  I find it helps to fire a shot at the plane even if it is well out of range to get the "focus" on that plane.  I think if you hit F4 while pointed at a friendly plane, it will tell others to escort that plane.  Not sure how well that works.


Hmmm, that makes me think that we can use this in our SatNiteLive training room, if this actually works


Can anyone confirm that you can assign a bot wingman to another blue player?


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View Posttrikke, on 25 September 2019 - 08:54 AM, said:

Can anyone confirm that you can assign a bot wingman to another blue player?


F4 also sends a message out to "Cover 'MyBuddy'"

 


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I mapped the functions to keys other than f2 and f4 and now it is working perfectly.

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View Postebp_si, on 25 September 2019 - 05:02 PM, said:

I mapped the functions to keys other than f2 and f4 and now it is working perfectly.


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This is probably going to sound REALLY stupid, and I know I should just check in-game (I just keep forgetting), but what do each of the F-commands DO? I think I've figured out F3 (cover me/that ally), but I haven't really messed around with the rest. Mostly I just want to be able to call out a target or answer "affirmative!" when someone else does.

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game menu->settings->controls->chat to see the keybindings I think

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View PostLandsraad, on 03 January 2020 - 10:29 PM, said:

This is probably going to sound REALLY stupid, and I know I should just check in-game (I just keep forgetting), but what do each of the F-commands DO? I think I've figured out F3 (cover me/that ally), but I haven't really messed around with the rest. Mostly I just want to be able to call out a target or answer "affirmative!" when someone else does.

 

The ones I constantly use (some are paraphrased):

F2 - Attack base indicated

F3 - Requesting support/Attacking base, help!

F4 - Attack enemy plane/cover friendly
F5 - Affirmative!

F6 - Negative!
F7 - SOS! Clear my tail


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it always seemed to me that F3 and F7 were duplicates

 

has anyone seen any behavior that makes you think differently?


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